Generosity takes many forms -- donating to charity, volunteering time -- but it's also an attitude and an outlook on life. Stories of children and adults showing kindness and generosity, particularly in tough situations, can help your child do the same.


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein A classic story for all ages about a tree who shows her unrelenting love through the selflessness and generosity she displays to a little boy as he grows up.

An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco During the Great Depression, Frankie gives a homeless man his favorite sweater and inspires his own family to return the act of generosity.

The Pigman by Paul Zindel After teenagers Lorraine and John play a prank on their neighbor, Mr. Pignati, he offers them the generosity and attention the teens don't feel they get at home. 


Nanny McPhee (PG) Initially seen as offensive and unlikeable, a nanny who comes to care for the seven Brown children shows them her caring and kindness, and improves their lives.

Holes (PG) A wrongly accused boy who is sentenced to a work camp demonstrates kindness and compassion to the other inmates.

Pay It Forward (PG-13) For mature viewers, this is a story about a young boy who makes it his mission to promote proactively helping others.


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